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  1. Crusades, The (2018)

    Subject
    History; Religious studies
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 180 minutes), £12.27

    The crusades inspired a sense of militant Christian identity in Western Europe and, through centuries of conflict and war, played a role in uniting disparate Muslim states against the invaders. Using new...

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  2. Mass Trespass (2018)

    aka: Trespass of Kinder Scout

    Director
    Jordan Carroll
    Subject
    History; Law; Social Studies

    Why were six men sent to prison 1932 for simply walking in the moors of the Peak District? This short documentary tells their fascinating story and also gives details regarding the National Parks and Access...

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  3. Vanity Fair (2018)

    Director
    James Strong
    Subject
    History
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (7 x 60 minutes), £24.99

    Thackeray’s literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story...

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  4. Private Joseph Kay (2018)

    Director
    Matt Kay
    Subject
    History; Literature

    Jackie Kay’s poem Private Joseph Kay is dedicated to her grandfather who fought at the Somme. This short film, made by award-winning director Matthew Kay, responds to the poem and the themes it raises. [7...

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  5. Dangerous Dynasty, A: House of Assad (2018)

    Subject
    History; Politics & government

    This three-part BBC series is a thorough lesson in how Syria has ended up in its current predicament. Right at the centre of it are President Bashar and his wife Asma, who met and fell in love in London....

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  6. Mayo Clinic, The: Faith, Hope and Science (2018)

    Director
    Ken Burns
    Subject
    History; Medical sciences
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 1 NTSC, 116 minutes), $19.99

    In the wake of a deadly tornado in rural Minnesota in 1883, Doctor Mayo and his two sons enlisted the help of a group of Catholic nuns to care for the wounded. This documentary tells the story of the...

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  7. 19th Century Craze for Steresoscopic Photograhy, The (2018)

    Subject
    Film studies; History

    Stereoscopic photography rapidly became a worldwide craze after the Great Exhibition of 1851. Cheap viewers and mass-produced stereographs brought startlingly vivid images within reach of a mass audience,...

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  8. Gothic London: Recreating the Ancient City on Screen (2018)

    Subject
    Film studies; History

    First in a series of three lectures in which Professor Ian Christie explores key moments in the portrayal of London in cinema over the past century, and what these portrayals may mean locally and...

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  9. Sorrow and the Pity, The (2017)

    Subject
    French studies; History; Politics & government
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 260 minutes), £15.99

    Documentary whcih covers the period between 1940 and 1944 during which France’s Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Includes archive footage, interviews from 1969 with a German officer and...

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  10. German Concentration Camps Factual Survey: Special Archival Edition (2017)

    Producer
    Sidney Bernstein
    Subject
    History
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 72 minutes), £29.99

    This is the first ever DVD / Blu-ray release of Imperial War Museum’s German Concentration Camps Factual Survey. This hugely important film documents the liberation of Belsen and other concentration camp...

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